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Thriving VIP culture: Red beacon lights get replaced by red number plates
Beacon of knowledge is still needed and not the beacon light atop the official or personal vehicles as despite putting an end to Very Important Person (VIP) culture, by banning the use of red beacon – a symbol and status of authority – the feeling is still there when the red beacon atop the vehicle have changed to red number plates – a violation of the instructions for the particular style number plate.

A car with red number plate – PB-04-U-1908 with red colour plate written as Tehsildar (Election) was seen parked in the border town district administrative complex - DAC - Ferozepur, in Punjab, which shows that egoistic feeling still exists. 

Barring a few exceptions, our netas believe that they cannot command the respect of the people unless they flaunt their political power and wealth.

Our politicians, instead of being totally focused on discussing the issues of unemployment, terrorism, inflation and other topics of national importance, are more driven by their demand to have a red beacon light on top of their vehicles.

But we all know most of these people do not require an emergency light, which is primarily fitted to declare: "Look at me, I am important, I have status and don't you forget it."

The idea behind getting the cars with 'lal batti' (red beacon) by MPs is that they will be respected in their constituency. The MP, as a lawmaker, should start a debate for not allowing the smaller officers to have the red light. Instead, they are complaining like a child and saying – "agar chhote ko chocolate diya hai, to mujhe bhi chahiye".

The red beacon flashers should only be used by the limited VIPs otherwise its sanctity is lost if it is used by every other person. Rather its use should be confined to ambulances and school buses.

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